Columbia Creek

Mine, Inactive

Commodities and mineralogy

Main commodities Au
Ore minerals gold

Geographic location

Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale BN
Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale C-6
Latitude 65.71
Longitude -164.99
Nearby scientific data Find additional scientific data near this location
Location and accuracy Columbia Creek is a south tributary to Washington Creek, the western headwater tributary of Kougarok River (BN041). The mouth of Columbia Creek is 4 miles upstream from the mouth of Washington Creek. This locality was not included by Cobb (1972; MF 417; 1975; OFR 75-429).

Geologic setting

Geologic description

Sainsbury and others (1969) show 3,500 feet of placer mine workings along the main channel of Columbia Creek ,starting 5,000 feet upstream from its mouth. There are no other reports of mining on this creek. Bedrock in this area is primarily exposed on the crest of nearby uplands (Sainsbury and others, 1969) where rocks of a mafic metavolcanic assemblage, considered Ordovician in age by Till and others (1986) are present.
Geologic map unit (-164.992697336485, 65.7092743387376)
Mineral deposit model Placer Au-PGE (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 39a)
Mineral deposit model number 39a
Age of mineralization Quaternary

Production and reserves

Workings or exploration Sainsbury and others (1969) show 3,500 feet of open-cut placer mine workings along the main channel of Columbia Creek starting 5,000 feet upstream from its mouth.
Indication of production Yes; small

References